With RIM’s BlackBerry fading fast, the remaining proud pugilists in the smartphone fight come down to just two heavyweights: Apple’s iPhone and Google’s Android phone. But which is better? That really depends on what it is you’re looking for in a smartphone.
The first thing to consider: which smartphone connects to a network and then operates faster? Android phones support incredibly fast mobile broadband speeds like 4G, which iPhones simply don’t. If you’re in an area where 4G connections are possible, then it’s worth picking up an Android phone, which will help you download and upload data at a much faster clip.
This really depends on personal preference. If you think the best mobile phones have physical keyboards with real buttons, then you’ll want to pick up an Android phone. There are certainly a lot of touch-screen Android phones on the market, such as the Galaxy II Samsung Android phone, but there are also a few Android devices using the old-school physical keyboard. As for the iPhone, you’re stuck with a touch-screen. If that’s a deal breaker, well, your deal has officially been broken. The problem is that Android phones with physical keyboards tend to be lacking in other specs, so you’ll have to make some sacrifices to get the thumb-typing situation you want.
Give Google credit: the Android Market is filling up fast with both free Android apps and those that cost a couple bucks. But, right now, Apple’s App Store still offers a whole lot more apps for iPhone. Furthermore, it’s still a whole lot easier to navigate the App Store than Android Market in order to find the iPhone apps that interest you.
Right now, it’s a whole lot easier to find Apple iPhone accessories, like chargers, adapters, and docks, than Android peripherals. With so many of those Apple accessories out there, it’s also a lot easier to find them at a discounted price, and that’s always ideal. It’s worth noting that Android phones vary in shape and size far more than iPhones, meaning you’ll have to work harder to find the right accessory for your device if you go with an Android smartphone.
Year after year, the cameras built into Apple’s iPhones beat their Android rivals and that continues to be the case with the Apple iPhone 4S. Although every new wave of Android phones, including the Google Nexus (manufactured by Samsung) and whatever the latest HTC Android phone is (it changes all the time–HTC makes a lot of phones), offer progressively superior built-in cameras, we can expect the upcoming and highly-anticipated iPhone 5 to boast an even better camera than the stellar iPhone 4S.
Verdict: iPhone Wins
Overall, Apple still holds a slight lead over the competition, though the gap is closing fast. Although ultimately which one you choose may depend on the price. While neither Android phones or iPhones are anywhere near free cellular phones, the iPhone is definitely in a higher bracket. With a slew of new Android devices expected this year, along with the iPhone 5, we could be re-writing this verdict soon enough.